"New York City is the epicenter for urban agricultural innovation," says Nevin Cohen, assistant professor of environmental studies at The New School. "There's a lot of excitement around food issues and eating locally grown, in-season, organic produce."
Not surprisingly, City College students are getting into the act and growing everything from herbs to kale and berries. For some, farming is tied to a course; for others, it's wholly a volunteer experience, providing a hands-on education in nutrition, food production and management.
At The New School, students can intern at several off-campus gardens: the Brooklyn Grange in Long Island City and at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and La Finca del Sur in the South Bronx.
There's even work for those who don't want to get their hands dirty. The more business-minded student can help develop logistics and distribution plans for a 20-farm network in Schoharie County upstate, helping farmers get healthy foods into largely underserved communities throughout the city.